Madison Bumgarner did not throw a perfect game tonight. Madison Bumgarner did not throw a no hitter tonight. Justin Morneau's double into the right field corner to lead off the eighth inning broke up the bid for perfection, and as it turned out, was the only thing that went well for the Rockies offensively in a 3-0 complete game, one-hit shutout for Bumgarner.
The Rockies struck out 13 times, didn't walk once, and only squared up about two balls after the second inning. Bumgarner threw first pitch strikes to 24 of the 28 batters he faced, had only one three-ball count all night, and after getting some defensive help from Gregor Blanco on well hit balls to left off the bats of Drew Stubbs, Nolan Arenado, and Morneau in the first two innings, was almost untouchable for the rest of the night.
For much of the game however, Jorge De La Rosa was matching zeros with Bumgarner. But then the Rockies' kryptonite made an appearance for about 57,000th time this season: the injury. De La Rosa appeared to hurt his left hand during the middle of his at bat in the top of the sixth which ended in a strike out. He then took an extremely long time to warm up for his half of the inning and never got comfortable out there.
The zip and late movement on his pitches was gone. His control was gone. His confidence was gone. He walked Hunter Pence to lead things off, fell behind Buster Posey 3-1, and then served up an 82 MPH splitter that did nothing and ended up in the left field seats for a home run and a 2-0 Giants lead.
The training staff immediately came to the mound, and De La Rosa exited the game with what right now is being called a left thumb contusion. So if 2014 continues its disgusting pattern, that report probably means he's done for the year.
Brooks Brown gave up another home run to Posey in the eighth inning, which gave the Giants an insurance run they didn't need and provided further proof Brooks Brown shouldn't be anywhere near this team next year. Other than that, not much else happened in this one.
Well, I guess that's not completely true. Josh Rutledge did his best Troy Tulowitzki impression at short in the sixth.
Tomorrow, the Rockies will send Franklin Morales (5-7, 5.32 ERA) to the mound to face Tim Hudson (9-9, 2.99 ERA) at 8:15 p.m. MT as they try to ensure nothing worse than a split of this four game series.
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